New UK Stewardship Code comes into force on 1 January 2020

October 24, 2019

The Financial Reporting Council (FRC) has made significant changes to the UK Stewardship Code which will come into effect in January 2020. The Code will then require Investment Companies to report annually on their “stewardship activity”.

Changes to the code include:
• Extending the Code to include asset owners (pension funds and insurance companies) service provides and asset managers
• Annual reporting on stewardship activity (including voting records in their investee companies)
• Particular emphasis on environmental, social and governance factors during decision making
• Asset owners laying out their stewardship across different asset classes (including investments outside of the UK)
• Setting out stewardship practice within the organisation including how they have demonstrated this in the previous year

The full code can be downloaded from the FRC here

Nigel Mills will be giving his views on how this may effect asset owners including in particular Private Equity Fund Managers in our November newsletter. To sign up for our newsletters please click here.

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